Being Faithful

Desert footprintsBeing faithful is always about relationships. I have often traveled far from the essence of faithfulness. 

If you are faithful, you are loyal. Are we not moved by the mother who pleads for mercy as her son sits in judgement before a jury? The son may be a killer, but his mother’s heart cries out for him. No matter what, she is on his side.

Faithfulness provides a deep trust, built over time, bringing a sense of peace and confidence. When that trust is broken, your heart bleeds.

There are obvious signs of infidelity, but many times the less obvious ones are just as painful. When we are unfaithful we go against the other person. We go against God or against a loved one. Either way it is opposition.

But when we are faithful, we are on their side. This does not mean being weak, but it does depend on our attitude. How many times do we misguide ourselves thinking that we are faithful when we really just want things our way?

How many times, in the name of fidelity are we unfaithful?

When you say, “Things are going to be fine!” should you really be coming clean?

When you say, “Be careful!” a thousand different ways, is it just so you can feel calm while your listener is stressed to death?

When you say, “I need to give him/her some space,” are you denying the truth that you must get closer?

What is our concept of fidelity?

It means, in your heart, being on the side of the ones you love. No matter what.

And at some point, it hurts. No matter what.

It’s not just knowing what is right for another person, but also doing what is right by them.

Give up that attitude or action that stings your heart and makes you unfaithful. Anything that is a barrier between two persons should be brought down. Actions and words make a difference. Most of the time it means leaving things behind rather than adding. It means sacrifice. This is how we can be faithful.

I’ve wandered through the deserts of unfaithfulness to my God and my family. It is a lonely journey of the heart. But God is always faithful, always on our side. His great fidelity was proven by his Son’s sacrifice.

It cost God dearly to be faithful. He knows how much it hurts.

If you are lacking faithfulness, go to him now. Ask him to give you a faithful heart. He will respond. No matter what.

He who promised is faithful

Desert track image: Attribution Some rights reserved by Guilherme Jófili
Water image by Geralt. Image adapted by Vince Chough.

2 comments on “Being Faithful

  1. A Servant says:

    Great Post! This line particularly “How many times do we misguide ourselves thinking that we are faithful when we really just want things our way?” struck me. I call this the spin cycle where we spin the facts to support our position. You have an open heart my brother and I enjoy your inward search of your own motives. It challenges me to look inward as well.
    A Servant

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